Five low relief carvings of heads in profile by Orazio Marinali

Hughenden Manor and its contents were given to the National Trust by the Disraelian Society in 1937, the house having already assumed the character of a museum in Disraeli's memory.


White marble
26 x 20 cm
Art Fund grant:
£5,000 ( Total: £18,500)
Acquired in:

The collection now consists partly of Disraeli's own furnishings, pictures, and sculpture, and partly of memorabilia that have subsequently been given to the house. Given to Benjamin Disraeli by a friend, this gift reflected Disraeli's almost exclusively Italian taste in sculpture. The powerfully modelled heads were probably carved for a frieze in the Palazzo Grimani, Venice (demolished in1820). These reliefs are five from a probable original total of sixteen or more, probably intended as facial expressions of different states of mind.


Palazzo Grimani, Venice; Given to B.Disraeli by Sir Philip Rose Bt; Disraeli sale, Christie's 1881; Park Place, Remenham Hill, Henley; Mallams, Oxford, 4/10/89, lot 345; with Agnew's.

Venue details

Hughenden Manor Valley Road, HIGH WYCOMBE Buckinghamshire HP14 4LA 01494 755 565

Entry details

Free with National Art Pass (standard entry £10.45)

1 Jan – 16 Jan Daily, 11am - 3pm (gardens 10am - 3.00pm) 17 Jan – 28 Feb Daily, 11am to 4pm (gardens 10am – 4.00pm) 29 Feb ​– 31 Oct Daily, 11am ​– 5pm (gardens 10am ​– 5.00pm) 1 Nov – 31 Dec Daily, 11am to 3pm (gardens 10am ​– 3.00pm)

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